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This blog is a space for us – and you – to comment on the news, share opinions and debate local government issues. You can comment on any of the posts below; if you would like to contribute a new post contact Jane Sankarayya.

PostcardRwanda

Municipal Postcard: Starting from scratch

July 31, 2015 by LGiU

What would you do if you were creating local government afresh? In Rwanda Andy Johnston found a relatively young local government sector underpinned by some long-standing concepts.


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Municipal Postcard: Resilient by design

July 31, 2015 by Andrew Walker

For Andrew Walker resilience should be about looking at the whole context of a place and then thinking about urban design, infrastructure, economic growth and community engagement in radically different ways. He found examples aplenty in New York.


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Municipal Postcard: What we can learn from American mayors

July 28, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Mayors and their role in the devolution process are still provoking debate. A recent trip to San Francisco made Janet Sillett wonder if there are lessons to be learnt from the mayoral system - or systems - over there.


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Viewpoint: The trouble with the productivity puzzle? Too many pieces

July 24, 2015 by LGiU

'Productivity' is the buzzword of the moment, setting the mood music to the government's plans for the economy. Majeed Neky suggests that in an institutionally complex and fragmented landscape, devolution just might be the key to fostering a more productive nation.


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Viewpoint: how scrutiny councillors can shape the future of local government

July 22, 2015 by LGiU

The Centre for Public Scrutiny's Ed Hammond discusses the findings of their new report 'the Change Game', which finds that non-Cabinet councillors are being frozen out of the debate around council transformation and identifies ways for them to play a greater role in shaping these plans.


LGiU celebrates APPG and the road to devolution

July 16, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

This week we celebrated with our LGiU membership and friends at our summer reception of the Local Government All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) kindly sponsored by HP. 10 years to to the day that me and @alisonseabeck organised 1st APPG #locagov with @LGiU. Good to see it going strong tonight…


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Viewpoint: Building for the future

July 15, 2015 by LGiU

Last month the LGiU launched Under Construction, our report on the role of councils in future house building. Cllr Khevyn Limbajee from Waltham Forest explains how his council is tackling the housing crisis with an ambitious building programme.


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Viewpoint: Work placement schemes – what is your experience?

July 13, 2015 by LGiU

Cllr Karl Eastham from Southwark Council hopes to increase the job prospects of the young people in his borough with a work placement scheme. As he explains, he would be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience in setting up or being involved in similar programmes around…


George Osborne presenting the budget, autumn statement

Big-hitting Budget adds urgency to devolution plans

July 9, 2015 by Jonathan Carr-West

The need for local government’s strategic leadership role is more crucial than ever if we are to move to the “lower tax, higher wage, lower welfare” society the government aspires to.


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